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Theseid of the Nuptials of Emilia- Teseida delle nozze di Emilia

Translated with an introduction by Vincenzo Traversa

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Vincenzo Traversa

The first epic poem written in Italian is the Teseida delle nozze di Emilia (Theseid of the Nuptials of Emilia) by Giovanni Boccaccio, the well-known author of the Decameron. Conceived and composed during the Florentine author’s stay in Naples, it combines masterfully both epic and lyric themes in a genre that may be defined as an epic of love. Besides its intrinsic literary value, the poem reflects the author’s youthful emotions and nostalgia for the happiest times of his life.